within the Acts of Thomas we find a beautiful and complete statement of a classic Gnostic myth describing the exile and redemption of the soul. The text is known both as the "Hymn of the Pearl" and occasionally as "Hymn of the Robe of Glory".
Br. Matthew Ouroboros, Vicar of the AGCA reads and comments on the Pearl.
June 10, 2015 Subject:
An obvious reference to our pre-mortal life before earth.
It is a reference to our life with our Heavenly Parents in the pre-mortal life where we were sent to earth to obtain eternal ordinances such as baptism etc., prove worthy and to return to our Heavenly Home from whence we originally came. The garments are the garments of the Holy Priesthood, the pearl is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. another poem you might consider that speaks somewhat more concerning these things:
OF HEAVENLY HOME
If Home to us is Heaven,
Why then wouldn’t Heaven for us be Home?
No matter how heavenly, wouldn’t we still feel alone,
Why should we think a place so very far away,
Could ever make us happy, or that we’d ever want to stay,
You think you could be happy, in a place you’ve never known?
Even in a palace, the wealth won’t make it home.
As home, is where the heart is, how could we ever believe,
That there we could be happy, if from home we wouldn’t leave?
What good would Heaven be, if Heaven were not Home?
The only idea, that could ever make sense,
Is that Heaven was home, and from home we were sent.
To dwell here on earth, for a time we must part,
In order to grow, and learn from the heart.
That God, as Our Father, has laid out the way,
For us His Children, to be like He is Today.
For ALL Children, wherever they are,
Were born to become like their parents. This IS who we are.
This life here on earth is not the beginning nor end.
It is but a small part of God’s eternal trend.
For God, who is the Father of each one of us,
Must love us more dearly, than any other we trust.
Yes, even more than our parents here on the earth,
For God is the Father who First gave us birth,
That one day soon, when our schooling is through,
We may return with honor and light,
And a greater understanding of love and what’s right.
The idea that in Heaven, we must have once lived,
With God as our Father, we were certainly His –
Not made or created, like a pot out of clay,
But born as His children, as on earth, the same way.
Being the essence of their flesh, like children of earth,
Are flesh of their Father, and Mother of birth.
And if this is so, is it so hard to see,
For a child to be born, a Mother needs be.
Just as here on the earth, anywhere you observe,
All things that have Fathers, have Mothers on earth.
Why should we think, that in Heaven it’s worse,
Than the life that we’re living, right here on this earth?
If a Mother to us, is a “Heaven on earth”,
Why in Heaven! wouldn’t she be part of our birth?
If this is the case, that Heaven was home,
Then before we were born, from Heaven we roamed.
Our lives didn’t begin, here on this earth,
Then God IS our Father, of Heavenly Birth.
Have I really told you, anything new?
Or is it just that the vision, was dim to our view?
Could it possibly be, all these things we now see,
Have ever been with us, for you, as well as for me?
It is the only thing, which could possibly be,
No other makes sense, I can possibly see.
It is with all of these things, I bear witness to you,
These things aren’t just thoughts, you know they are true.
With a clear understanding that these things are true,
The mysteries of Heaven and Hell are all through.
The meaning is clear, and perfectly sound,
Why God places us on such a heavenly mound.
What greater plan could there ever be,
Than this one of which gives us reason to see,
All the wonders and goodness of God’s Perfect plan,
That clearly defines the full purpose of man.
But much more than this, this plan doth provide,
Why here on this earth, stands a woman at man’s side.
For all at once, and for once it’s now clear,
Why God created woman, to be with us here.
The purpose and reason for which women exist,
Is to bring to the heavens, eternity’s bliss.
For without the wonder of womanhood,
a heaven for us, could never exist.
They truly ARE what Makes Heaven – Heaven!
Without Mother or Wife,
Mankind would for all eternity live in hell,
For without woman, there simply could never be life.
And life quite simply, would never know joy.
The fact is, and will ever remain,
That any other explanation that could ever be given,
Falls miserably short of this description of Heaven.
As it gives us pure meaning of our life here on earth,
And how God is our Father, of Heavenly birth,
After all, what other explanation to you makes more sense,
As to why it is that we refer to God as our Father, unless we were His?
Anything else is Simply absurd when compared
To the evidence you have just heard.
It is my witness that these things are all true. For further understanding, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org